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  • Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 Adds Improvements to XAML Developers

    Windows 8.1 ships with new features and improvements with which XAML developers will be able to build unique and responsive applications using Visual Studio 2013. It also adds several new controls and enhancements to project templates.

  • ReSharper 8.0 with Visual Studio 2013, IntelliSense, XAML and Blue Theme First Support

    The recently released ReSharper 8.0 includes support for Visual tudio 2013, XAML, Blue Theme first, IntelliSense, multifile templates including a command line tool, CSS improvements and several bug fixes.

  • Blend for Visual Studio 2012: Updated UX Tool for Windows 8 Applications

    Microsoft has announced the new Blend for Visual Studio 2012, a tool to design user interfaces for HTML and XAML applications in Windows Store 8. All versions of Visual Studio 2012 come with Blend, including Express.

  • Performance Tips For Metro Style XAML Apps

    Microsoft has published a paper named “Performance Tips For Metro Style XAML Apps”. This includes several suggestions for remaining responsive, ensuring fluid animations, improving startup time, consuming lesser resources and more. We present a summary here.

  • Localizing Your Windows 8 App

    In the article “Develop your app for everyone–localize your UI”, Tim Heuer shows how to localize the language of a Windows 8 .NET App along with various tools that can help in the process.

  • XAML and VBA 7 Specifications Released

    Microsoft has published the specifications for the XAML programming language. This includes XAML, XAML 2009, and the extensions that are specific to Silverlight and WPF. For reasons that are not quite clear, the specifications for the Visual Basic for Applications language is also included.

  • Avoiding Performance Pitfalls With XAML

    The DependencyProperty and DependencyObject which form the building blocks for most XAML features come with a performance cost. An MSDN article “Optimizing C# for XAML Platforms” discusses this in detail along with ways to minimize its impact.

  • Using IL Weaving to Inject INotifyPropertyChanged into Properties

    Simon Cropp has released an IL weaving tool that wires property changed notifications into automatically implemented properties. IL weaving is a technique in which the IL code in an assembly is rewritten to add functionality.

  • PhoneGap Now Fully Supports WP7

    PhoneGap now supports all native functionality on Windows Phone 7 being on par with iOS and Android.

  • A Standardized Printing UI for Windows 8

    Windows 8 Metro is bringing with it a lot of changes and printing is no exception. Building upon the charm concept, there is a new API and extendable user interface for printing. This API is available for both XAML and JavaScript-based applications.

  • Karl Shifflett Shows How to make VS 2010’s Binding Builder Actually Work

    Visual Studio 2010 comes with a feature they call the “Binding Builder”. This tool, launched from the properties pane, helps developers quickly construct XAML bindings for WPF and Silverlight. But without some help, it doesn’t work when the data context is only set at runtime. Karl Shifflett shows how to work around this using design-time markup extensions.

  • Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 Brings Tools for WPF Developers Too

    Silverlight 4 was released back in April without essential development tools.Recently it was announced that Silverlight 4 Tools for Visual Studio 2010 is ready. In addition to basic Silverlight 4 support and templates for RIA Services, there are many IDE enhancements to make working with Silverlight, WPF, and XAML easier.

  • PyBinding: Python Scripting for XAML

    WPF developers often find themselves with an unappetizing choice. They have to either pollute their code-behind files with special case logic or create value converter classes, most of which will only be used once. PyBinding offers a third option, embedding small scripts right inside the XAML.

  • .NET 4.0 Brings XAML 2009, but Not for WPF Users

    At PDC 2009, Michael Shim and Rob Relyea presented Microsoft’s plans for the future of XAML. Long term, they plan on unifying the various XAML languages and parsers, but for now developers will only get XAML 2009 for non-UI technologies like Workflow Foundation. The new parser, on the other hand, will bring new functionality to everyone who needs to analyze, manipulate, or generate XAML.

  • Embed Python, Ruby, and XAML directly into your HTML with Gestalt

    JavaScript is a language that is showing its age. A lot of developers now prefer to work with languages like Ruby or Python, falling back on JavaScript only for the browser. Sure there were attempts to support other languages in the browser like VBScript, but they never really took off. Well Microsoft is trying again, this time with Python and Ruby.


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